Eagles win Katie Caples Invite

Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.

Oak Hall's girls cross country team captured its second straight elite title at the Katie Caples Invitational at Jacksonville Bishop Kenny High on Saturday night.

The Eagles placed four runners in the top 20 out of a field of 171, led by senior Brittney Olinger (season-best 19:27), who finished fifth. Freshman Nadira Evans (season-best 19:52) came in 11th, freshman Talia Carlson 17th (season-best 20:29) and eighth-grader Grace Blair (20:33) took 19th.

In the boys varsity competition, Oak Hall junior Austin Perry finished third with a personal best time of 17:22. The Eagles placed seventh as a team while Eastside, led by Matthew Ruppert (13th, 18:36) came in fifth.

At the Lecanto Panther Invitational, the Buchholz girls placed second among 34 schools entered, led by sophomores Sarah Edens (20:10) and Isabella Whelan (20:28) who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, out of a field of 180 runners. For Edens, she ran a personal best time.

The Bobcats' boys team finished fourth, just one point behind third-place Ocala Vanguard. Senior Drew Monteau ran a personal-best 16:56 to place 10th. Karsten Pease ran a season-best 17:14 to finish 14th.

P.K. Yonge's Joseph Janson ran a personal-best 16:20 to place fifth overall among 211 runners. The Blue Wave finished eighth as a team.

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